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RCN in Wales responds to Welsh Governments 80 million investment in NHS staff

11 Feb 2015

David Wallace, Associate Director (Employment Relations), RCN Wales responds to Welsh Government’s £80 million investment in NHS staff.

Responding to news from the Welsh Government today, that £80 million would be invested in securing more training places for health care professionals in the Welsh NHS, David Wallace, Associate Director (Employment Relations), RCN Wales said:

"The Royal College of Nursing in Wales welcomes this announcement, recognising the significant difference it can make in alleviating pressures of our future Welsh NHS workforce. In real terms, this investment will see an increase of more than a fifth of nurse training places in the 2015-16 academic year, recognising the vital contribution the nursing family brings to the health care system and the valuable part they play in frontline care.”

“The NHS and its staff are currently experiencing unprecedented pressures and demands – something that we are seeing echoed across the whole of the UK. We must see sustainable change in staffing levels in the Welsh NHS in order to match resource with demand, something that is achievable through innovative legislation such as the Safe Nurse Staffing (Wales) Bill that is currently being considered by the Health & Social Care Committee.”

“Today’s news of financial investment will hopefully help secure a more stable and secure future for patients, and safer working environments for staff, and we hope to see this increase year-on-year.”

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